Power BI is a cloud-based suite of business analytics tools that lets anyone connect to, visualize, and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding. It connects users to a broad range of live data through easy-to-use dashboards, provides AI-infused automated insights, embedded and interactive reports, and delivers compelling visualizations that bring data big and small to life. Power BI comprises three components:
- A Windows desktop application called Power BI Desktop.
- An online SaaS (Software as a Service) service called the Power BI service.
- Power BI mobile apps for Windows, iOS, and Android devices.
Comparison of Microsoft Power BI service plans
The available retail pricing plans are described in the following article: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/. The following plans are available for purchase via the CSP channe, available either in monthly or annual subscriptions:
- Power BI Pro
- Power BI Premium Per User
- Power BI Pro for faculty
- Power BI Pro (Nonprofit Staff Pricing)
The following table by Microsoft provides a feature comparison of each Microsoft Power BI plan.
|Feature||Power BI Pro||Power BI Premium per user||Power BI Premium per capacity|
|Collaboration and Analytics|
|Mobile app access||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Publish reports to share and collaborate||Yes||Yes||No|
|Paginated (RDL) reports||No||Yes||Yes|
|Consume content without a per-user license||No||No||Yes|
|On-premises reporting with Power BI Report Server||No||No||Yes|
|Data prep, modeling, and visualization|
|Model size limit||1 GB||100 GB||400 GB|
|Connect to 100+ data sources||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Create reports and visualizations with Power BI Desktop||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Embedding APIs and controls||Yes*||Yes*||Yes*|
|Advanced AI (text analytics, image detection, automated machine learning)||No||Yes||Yes|
|XMLA endpoint read/write connectivity||No||Yes||Yes|
|Dataflows (direct query, linked and computed entities, enhanced compute engine)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Analyze data stored in Azure Data Lake Storage||No||Yes||Yes|
|Governance and administration|
|Data security and encryption||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Metrics for content creation, consumption, and publishing||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Deployment pipelines for application lifecycle management||No||Yes||Yes|
|Multi-geo deployment management||No||No||Yes|
|Bring your own key (BYOK)||No||No||Yes|
|Autoscale add-on availability (preview)||No||No||Yes|
|Max storage||10 GB/user||100 TB||100 TB|
More details on Power BI pricing and licensing can be found at: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/fundamentals/service-features-license-type.